Everyone Counts 2014 diversity audit excludes sexual orientation

Time for the Church to appoint an adviser and create a Committee for LGBTI Concerns Everyone Counts is a diversity audit based in a congregational survey carried out in autumn 2014 in a sample of Church of England parishes. There was a particular focus on ethnicity, disability and locality but not on sexual orientation. In […]

LGBTI Christian theological resources

A challenge was issued on the Changing Attitude Facebook group – where is the Christian theology that presents authoritative teaching from a lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex perspective? Well, a huge amount has been published over the past four decades and after a morning’s work I’ve assembled a list of 59 books. It’s by […]

US offers Ghana assistance in moving forward on LGBT rights

The Assistant Secretary of the US Bureau of African Affairs has urged African nations to respect the rights of LGBT people and has offered to assist Ghana in strengthening its commitment to non-discrimination ‘The United States believes that all people are created equal,’ Thomas-Greenfield said. ‘I am an Africa American, I have gone through the […]

Prejudice in the Church and why gay clergy tolerate hypocrisy

Yesterday I wrote about some of the parallels between the experience of women and LGB&T people in the Church of England having read Maggi Dawn’s recently published book Like the Wideness of the Sea: Women bishops and the Church of England. Maggi identifies flourishing as a quality obviously desired by God for humankind. It is […]

The Reformation Project: Advancing the kingdom, advancing equality

Matthew Vines loves God and happens to be gay. When reality won out during his sophomore year and he finally admitted to himself that he was gay, he was both relieved and crushed — relieved because everything that hadn’t made sense about his life finally did, and because love no longer seemed like an impossibility […]

RC Bishop of Shrewsbury’s toxic Christmas sermon to attack equal marriage

Today the Daily Mail reports that the Bishop of Shrewsbury, the Rt Revd Mark Davies will say in his sermon at the midnight mass this evening: “We think of the ideologies of the past century, Communism and Nazism, which in living memory threatened to shape and distort the whole future of humanity. “These inhuman ideologies […]

Statement against the Second Reading and Passage of the Same Sex Marriage (Prohibition) Bill 2011

Queer Alliance issues this statement on behalf of those we represent to present and voice our concerns against the Same Sex Marriage (Prohibition) Bill 2011 We like to note that the 1999 constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria is built on one principle – secularism and not religious indoctrination. The contents of the bill […]

The Director of Changing Attitude does not worship an angry, wrathful, punishing god

Michael Andrews has commented on my blog about Vaughan Roberts, who I described as an embattled conservative evangelical priest struggling with a ‘homosexual orientation’. Michael reads from the Bible and worships a god with a small g who is very different from the God of Jesus Christ, the God I worship as infinite and unbounded love […]

Francis Spufford writes on grace and sexuality in ‘Unapologetic’

Unapologetic seems to be a book of the moment. James Catford, Group Chief Executive of the Bible Society (not the snappiest of titles) writes about it in today’s Church of England Newspaper, along with Alain de Botton. James says that between them, they represent the way much of the contemporary conversation about faith is going […]